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August 27, 2021


The Saugatuck Scoop
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Hello Saugies!!

The beginning of the school year is upon us and the SES PTA couldn’t be more excited! The Saugatuck Scoop is your weekly communication from the PTA. It will be distributed on Friday providing you with a snapshot of the week to come. 

If you missed the letter from our Co-Presidents, CLICK HERE

Important Dates

Sunday, August 29th, 10-11:30am

Final K Playdate at SES Playground

Monday, August 30th, 10-11:30am 

K-2 Meet the Teacher

Monday, August 30th, 11:30-12pm

3-5 Meet the Teacher

Tuesday, August 31st

First Day of School

Thursday, September 2nd, Dismissal-5pm

Back To School Ice Cream Social at the SES Playground


Brought to you by the PTA

SES PTA Membership 

Joining the SES PTA will help us to support programs and events to enrich students’ educational experiences, benefit teachers, and assist administrators throughout the school year. Your PTA membership also gives you access to the school directory, MobileArq, and our brand new Instagram account! The link to join the PTA will be live soon, and we will share it as soon as it's ready. 

Room Parents 

Being a room parent is one of the most fulfilling ways to support your student’s classroom.  Room Parent Coordinators Cheryl Cusa and Rachel Herman will be sending out Sign Up Genius links next week.   

Volunteer Positions 

There are many ways to get involved at SES! PTA Coordinator of Volunteers Jaclyn Carbino will provide more information in a future communication about how to get involved. 


The SES Scene

Meet The Teacher - Monday, August 30th

Kindergarten from 10-11am - Back of Building:

  • Students with last names starting with A-L from 10:00-10:15.

  • Students with last names starting with M-Z from 10:15-10:30.

  • All kindergarten families will meet their teacher at the classroom doors near the lower playground, in the back of the school.  

  • Kindergarten parents/guardians will join their child for these brief visits in the classroom.

  • Kindergarten Bus Orientation from 10:30-11:00am in the front of the school, directly after Meet the Teacher.

  • Teachers will provide more details in their welcome email to you.

Grades 1-2 from 11-11:30am - Front of Building:

  • Grade 1 students enter through the auditorium entrance, Door 2, at 11:00am.

  • Grade 2 students enter through the main entrance, Door 1, at 11:00am.

Grades 3-5 from 11:30-12pm - Back of Building:

  • Grade 3 students enter through Door 22, at 11:30am.

  • Grade 4 students enter through Door 20, at 11:30am.

  • Grade 5 students enter through Door 19, at 11:30am.  

PLEASE NOTE: for Meet Your Teacher Grades 1-5

  • Only students will enter the building for the Meet Your Teacher visits in grades 1-5.  SES staff ambassadors will meet grade levels at the designated doors below and walk students to their classrooms where they will meet their teacher, see the classroom, and meet other students in their class.  

  • We ask all families to please wait outside the building while the children visit their classroom. At the conclusion of the visit, the classroom teacher will walk their class back out to reunite students with their families.  Students will exit from the same door which they entered to reunite with their family.

SES Logowear

The logowear team has two brand new SES t-shirt designs for the 2021-2022 school year, with all sizes for kids and adults fully in stock. Come check out the new tees, along with other SES logowear and gear for sale, at the final Kindergarten play date (Sunday, August 29, 10:00-11:30 at the SES playground) and at the SES Ice Cream Social (Thursday, September 2, after school-5:00 PM). SES logowear is a great way to show your school spirit and support the PTA!

Back to School Ice Cream Social

Join us on the playground on Thursday, September 2nd immediately following dismissal for an all school back to school ice cream party! Water will be available to refill student water bottles, and snacks will be provided by the PTA.  An ice cream truck will be available for you to purchase treats from 3:45-4:45pm. Please note, this is not a drop-off event.  

School Dismissal Manager (SDM)

Please review Principal Messler’s email regarding dismissal procedures HERE.


Health & Safety

Please review Principal Messler’s email regarding health and safety precautions HERE.
Please review Tools For Schools information regarding indoor air quality HERE.

All Around Town

Come back next week to visit all of your Westport PTA Council sites!

A Scoop of Thanks to . . .

. . . Members of the PTA Executive Board: Michelle Barman, Jaclyn Carbino, Weatherly Hammond, Elizabeth Hand, Alison Luisi, Ilana Matz, Victoria McDonald, Margot Simmons, and Cory Tebbutt for working tirelessly throughout the summer to create meaningful opportunities for connection and community building in preparation for the 21/22 school year.

. . . Our amazing Newcomer Chairs Michelle Barman and Sarin Cheung for executing our newly minted Newcomer calendar in support of our new families.

. . . The Kindergarten Playdate Coordinators Lois Cass, Angelika Enders, and Laura Yagerman for coordinating playground meetups for incoming Kindergarten families.

. . . The dedicated logowear committee Milena Decosimo, Kristin Nolan, and Dani Rossoni for working on logowear throughout the summer and staffing the logowear sales at our summer events.

. . . All of our Administrators, Teachers, and Staff  who are already hard at work preparing for our students.

. . . All of our New Families for choosing Westport and SES! 


The Final Funny

Q: Why did the teacher wear sunglasses on the first day of school?
A: She heard her students were so bright!

Contact The Scoop:
If you’d like your announcement or event to be included in a future edition of the Scoop, complete THIS FORM by Wednesday at 5:00pm to request submission in the following week’s Scoop. (Flyers or attachments need to be approved by Principal Beth Messler ( and PTA Co-Presidents Amy Herrera ( and Julie Fitzpatrick ( Contact the Scoop ( with any questions or just to say hello. 👋